- Paperback: 354 pages
- Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing; 2 edition (October 20, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1585621692
- ISBN-13: 978-1585621699
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.4 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #630,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This is a triumphant second edition for the best introduction to one of the most important topics in mental health. Allen's sophistication and grasp of an area of enormous complexity is matched only by his ability to communicate the depth of his understanding in an incisive, economical, and crystal clear way. The book is a remarkable feat of creative integration. It is quite simply the best book for presenting current ideas on trauma to anyone, from the intelligent lay reader to the student clinician to the most sophisticated practitioner."-- "Peter Fonagy, Ph.D., F.B.A., Freud Memorial Professor of Psychoanalysis and Director of the Sub-Department of Clinical Health Psychology at University College London; Chief Executive of the Anna Freud Centre, London, England; and Consultant to the Child and Family Program at the Menninger Department of Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas"
"Dr. Allen's understanding of the causes and effects of trauma, the detritus of the comorbid and ancillary difficulties that lie in its wake, and the potential for healing based on current approaches and new ones on the horizon make this volume a veritable treasure trove of state-of-the-art information and clinical wisdom.... This brilliant and compelling book leaves me feeling hopeful about the possibility for growth and generativity for those who have sustained trauma-and inspired by what contemporary psychiatry also offers to help them flourish."-- "From the Foreword by Kathryn J. Zerbe, M.D."
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Combining years of research, teaching, and experience treating trauma survivors, Dr. Jon G. Allen offers compassionate and practical guidance to understanding trauma and its effects on the self and relationships. Coping With Trauma is based on more than a decade of Dr. Allen's experience conducting educational groups for persons struggling with psychiatric disorders stemming from trauma. Written for a general audience, this book does not require a background in psychology. Readers will gain essential knowledge to embark on the process of healing from the complex wounds of trauma, along with a guide to current treatment approaches.
A respected researcher and educator of both trauma survivors and mental health professionals, Dr. Allen provides an insightful and informative resource that offers real hope in coming to terms with trauma. With an author who is both witness and guide, readers will be introduced to and encouraged in a process of healing that will reach the depth of wounds to the soul, mind, and body.
For clinicians, this compelling work includes broad discussions of trauma from both psychological and psychiatric perspectives. New developments in attachment theory have reshaped the whole book. Important updates from the first edition include new chapters on illness and depression, including suicidal states; self-defeating aspects of personality disorders and self-destructiveness; emotion and emotion regulation; and -- most crucial -- maintaining hope, the foundation of healing.
This exceptionally comprehensive overview of a wide range of traumatic experiences offers a uniquely useful guide for patients, their loved ones, and mental health care professionals alike.
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Reading through the book, some parts felt like Jon had interviewed me about my own personal feelings and physical experiences. There were many times where I would say to myself - 'That's exactly how I feel' or 'That's exactly how my body is reacting' or 'That's why I have felt that way'.
Jon, the work you and others in your chosen field do is amazing. You truly transform lives for those who have experienced trauma.
For those who have or are experiencing trauma, my hope for you is that fear does not hold you back and that you utilise this book as part of your healing.
Jon G. Allen brings in years and years of psychiatric research, clinical studies, and all of his years of personal experience treating patients suffering from all kinds of trauma and depression. He then delivers all of this information in a way everyone can understand, especially those that find themselves in the midst of depression from trauma (like me) or people that are trying to take care of those psychologically suffering. He even takes special attention to PTSD, how its form, what its symptoms are, and steps to take that can help those suffering with PTSD.
However, I will warn, this will not be an easy book to read as well. Allen does not sugar-coat anything, and the only thing he censors are the names of patients he quotes in his book; nor should this book be considered light-reading for anyone. Nevertheless, this book is an absolute NECESSITY for anyone suffering with a traumatic past or anyone that wants to help someone in their life suffering from trauma.
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